Split Distance

Improve distance change up transitions by engaging multiple targets as if they were one target.

What is the Split Distance Drill?

The Split Distance drill is intended to work on distance change ups.

Transitions are a skill extremely important for both competition and self defense. In competition, they provide one of the greatest boosts to overall stage time. In self defense, they’re critical for defending against multiple assailants as well as getting the gun on target as quickly and accurately as possible. But targets don’t always line up shoulder to shoulder, so it’s important to be able to push speed when transitioning between targets.

The Split Distance Drill pulls from the concept of the Blake Drill, striving to blur the lines on transitions. But in this case, the target changes distance, making it challenging.

How to Setup

Drill Setup

  • 1 targets at 6 yards and the other at 9 yards, laterally distant as if they were shoulder to shoulder
  • Start position: handgun loaded and holstered, wrists below belt
  • 6 shots required

This drill can be set up using 1/2 scale and 1/3 scale targets at 3 yards. Though putting targets at different real world distances is ideal.

How to Dry Fire

Drill Steps

  1. At the beep, draw and engage the first target with four rounds.
  2. Transition to the second target and engage with two rounds.
How to Mod

Drill Modifications

  • Set the targets shoulder to shoulder when just starting with the drill.
  • Push hard mode by moving the targets further apart.
  • Move the targets closer when trying to push speed.
  • Move the targets farther when trying to improve accuracy and control.
  • If you’re trying to conserve ammo in live fire, only take three shots. Two shots on the first target and one shot on the second target. You can save even more ammo by using a snap cap for the last shot fired.
  • Put the second target closer so it’s easier to quickly transition to the second target. Then move the first target further back bit by bit, while running it at the same speed.
  • Struggling with pushing speed on the transition? Try putting four shots on the far target and then transitioning to the close target for the second two shots.

Drill Tips

A great way to warm up for the Split Distance drill is to run a Bill Drill several times in a row. Then move onto the Split Bill Drill. The goal with both of those is to have even splits. Then move onto the Split Distance Drill, striving to maintain that fast transition.

Over confirmation of sights is the bane of the Split Distance Drill. If you take extra time to confirm sights are on target after the transition, there’s no way the transition will be able to match the splits.

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Drill Diagnostics

The Split Distance Drill is easiest in live fire where splits can be measured with a shot timer. The goal is to have splits stay about the same as the transition. But it is perfectly fine to run this drill in dry fire. Honesty will be key (like it always is in dry fire), did the rate of fire stay the same for all six shots?

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Drill Environment

More Drill Modifications

Modifications to focus on: Conceal Carry

Modifications to focus on: General Modifications

Modifications to focus on: Movement

Modifications to focus on: Push Speed

  • Broaden what is considered “acceptable accuracy” - More info »
  • Decrease the distance laterally between targets - More info »
  • Increase the distance laterally between targets - More info »
  • Move targets closer - More info »
  • Put a black dot on the main point of aim on the target - More info »

Modifications to focus on: Tighten Accuracy

Modifications to focus on: Transitions

  • Decrease the distance laterally between targets - More info »
  • Don’t pull the trigger during transitions - More info »
  • Increase the distance laterally between targets - More info »
  • Transition from outside targets of an array and work inwards - More info »

Further Training with:


Split Bill Drill

Improve transitions by engaging multiple targets as if it were a single target.


Blake Drill

Push transitions faster so they sound like splits.

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